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Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
the presidential debates in this election cycle between president barack obama and former massachusetts governor mitt romney. the stage is ready in denver, colorado. the university of denver. and all of the expectations management to the contrary, the two men you're going to see tonight are very good debaters. they have four ivy league degrees between them, after all, and 50 debates between them, though not against each other until tonight. there is a critical third man on that stage tonight in denver. that's the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. he's done a dozen of these. and the rules, which he will announce at the start, give him broad leeway to guide the conversation and the debate. it is a cold room in denver. the campaigns wanted the temperature low. and it's not likely to stay that way once we get under way. both men have been prepping for days. this happens to be the obamas' 20th wedding anniversary. moments ago we saw a warm embrace between mrs. romney and mrs. obama. they both met each other at the front of the hall. their hiss, this is the first of three meetings d
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Oct 4, 2012 4:30am PDT
morning president obama and mitt romney, right now they're just going their separate ways. >> the pressure was on mitt romney to perform, taking on the man even republicans describe as one of the most skilled debaters in politics. tracie potts is in denver this morning with debate highlights. >> reporter: the point of this debate was to make differences clear on lowering the debt. >> you said you'd cut the deficit in half. >> the way we do it is $2.50 for every cut we asked for $1 of additional revenue paid for, as i indicated earlier, by asking those of us who have done very well in this country to contribute a little bit more to reduce the deficit. >> the president insisted romney would spend $5 trillion on tax breaks favoring the wealthy. >> math, common sense and our history shows us that's not a recipe for job growth. >> everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> reporter: they clashed on wall street, whether banks should be too big to fail and medicare. >> cutting $716 million to balance obama care is in my opinion a mistake. >> if you repeal obama care, and
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Oct 1, 2012 12:00am PDT
what does he need to show of barack obama that we don't already know? seeing is believing. the three times the debates have changed the lead in a presidential race. each time it was about the words, but also that something else, something that told voters what they didn't know and all of a sudden mattered a lot. and finally, bad numbers. barack obama's ahead in nearly every national poll and battle ground state poll. but what do we really make of the crunchers who say mitt romney has just a 1-5 chance to win this election? hi, i'm chris mathews. welcome to the show. with us today, new york magazine's john, trish and kelly and the huffington post's d howard. with just over a month to go for mitt romney, given the polls, the debates may be it. it could change the narrative that has dogged him or cemented. romney has the same urgent must-do list that he at the republican convention. only now could be his last chance. today we're going to look at romney's career, back at his career, at some missteps in past debates and also at some gems from barack obama. first up, first on romney's must
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Oct 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
taxes, health care and jobs. romney, he went after president obama on obama care, saying that plan will just kill jobs. president obama, he fired back claiming romney didn't have a specific plan to replace it. they also talked about their plans for education. the president says romney's plan would take funding away from education to pay for tax cuts for the rich. >> and to pay for it, we're having to initiate significant cuts and federal support for education. that makes a difference. >> i don't want to cut our commitment to education. i want to make it more effective and efficient. and by the way, i've had that experience. i don't just talk about it, i've been there. massachusetts schools are ranked number one in the nation. >> the consensus is round one goes to romney. these two candidates will face off in round two. they'll meet again on october 16th, but first we have the vice presidential debates being held one week from today. >>> perhaps the harshest performance criticism of the night is being aimed at debate moderator jim lehrer who struggled to wrangle in the candidates. >> now
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Oct 5, 2012 4:00am PDT
president obama sharpens his attacks. >>> deadly exchange. an american tourist opens fire at an israeli seaside resort. >>> leap of faith. tense moments as a mother and her five kids arforced to jump from a building. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. the two candidates are busy attacking each other on the campaign trail following their first debate. today president obama will be campaigning in virginia and ohio and mitt romney is in virginia. governor romney boasted about his debate performance and told supporters he will take back the white house, but for the first time romney backed away from his controversial remarks about the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. he was asked what he would have said if that had come up in debate. >> clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right. in this case i said something that's just completely wrong. i absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that i car
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Oct 2, 2012 4:00am PDT
. >>> political showdown. president obama and mitt romney hunker down for their high stakes debate in denver. >>> and bumpy ride. a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and crashing a van. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with air scare. suspicion is swirling around american airlines after two flights in three days were returned to new york's jfk airport. the reason, passenger seats came loose on both planes. the first incident occurred on a flight from miami to boston. >> during climb out, passenger seats row 12d, e and f came loose out of the floor. passengers are unable to sit in that seat. >> the federal aviation administration says seating in both planes had recently undergone maintenance. the airline has grounded eight 757s for inspection. >>> republicans are hoping the first of three presidential debates tomorrow night will be a game-changer for mitt romney. right now he trails the president in every battleground state.
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Oct 1, 2012 3:00am PDT
we'll hear from a top obama adviser, david plouffe, in a moment. but first, joining me now, the republican governor of new jersey chris christie. welcome back to "meet the press." >> happy to be back, david. good morning. >> the key battleground states, nine of them, we've been polling in nine of them, and all nine it's obama advantage across the board. look at ohio, plus seven. virginia, plus five. these are key states. is the race over? >> absolutely not. and that happened pretty quickly, right, david? you saw the change in those polls happen very quickly. and i'm here to tell you it can happen very quickly back the other way, and i think the beginning of that is wednesday night when governor romney for the first time gets on the same stage with the president of the united states and people can make a direct comparison about them and their visions for the future. and wednesday night is the restart of this campaign and i think you'll see the numbers start to move right back in the other direction. >> how do you restart a campaign, governor, at that last moment where you can rea
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Oct 4, 2012 11:00am PDT
to now decision 2012. both president obama and mitt romney are back on the campaign trail talking to voters less than 24 hours after the first presidential debate of this campaign. nbc's danielle leigh is in washington with how political advisers say last night's debate could affect today's conversations. >> reporter: republican mitt romney may have secured exactly what he needed out of this first presidential debate, a fresh look for undecided voters. >> he laid out a very clear choice and a big choice. that's what this election is about. >> reporter: the candidates sparred on key issues this election, taxes, job growth and medicare. >> i'd rather have a private plan. i'd just as soon not have the government telling me what kind of health care i can have. >> every study has shown that medicare has lowered administrative costs than private insurance does which is why seniors are generally pretty happy with it. and private insurers have to make a profit. >> reporter: even advisers to president obama admit romney did well. >> i give him credit for a strong performance. >> reporter:
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Sep 30, 2012 3:30pm PDT
debate. tonight inside the obama and romney debate camps. how the candidates are preparing for the showdown. >>> making the case. the supreme court begins. >>> and carmageddo 2. what happened this weekend when one of the busiest highways in the countries was shut down. how did california cope with its freeway car free? >>> good evening from the joint command headquarters of the international security assistance force in kabul. we have been traveling through this country all week trying to take measure of this war, another insider attack has left a u.s. soldier and an american civilian dead. that brings the death toll to 2,118. so far this year, 267 have been killed. 31 of those killed at the hands of afghan police and military members. insider attacks. tonight against the backdrop of next month's presidential election, we're beginning a special look at a region at the brink and the foreign policy challenges that america is facing here in syria and afghanistan. richard engel, you have more on that attack today? >> reporter: cooperation between u.s. and afghan forces is the mission n
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Oct 3, 2012 5:00pm PDT
president obama and governor romney prepare to square off. >>> and a rough day for hewlett-packard. what ceo meg whitman said that scared investors. >>> and good afternoon. i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. this time yesterday we had 107 in gilroy. today temperatures starting to drop. a lot more comfortable outside, with anywhere from 78 in san jose to 86 in livermore. we're going to talk more about this temperature trend and some big-time changes for your weekend. even our next chance of showers in just a few minutes. >>> 50 minutes and counting. the first debate of the 2012 race for the white house starts at the top of the hour. tonight's theme domestic policy. the 90-minute debate will be divided into six timed segments of approximately 15 minutes each. president obama will get the first question, and mitt romney will get the last word. for the very latest, let's check in with nbc's steve handelsman live at the university of denver. good evening, steve. >> reporter: janelle, thanks. good evening from a suddenly blustery cold denver, where the gold tonight is political s
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Sep 27, 2012 11:00pm PDT
. >>> it wasn't president obama and it wasn't mitt romney. but a presidential candidate did pack the house in oakland tonight. >> government's not supposed to be run like a business. >> yes, that is roseanne barr and she's laying out her platform to the people at oaksterdam. we asked her, is she serious? >>> also, cell phone video shows the midair meltdown that landed a model in jail. find out why passengers had their hands full for more than three hours. >>> these pictures are proof water once flowed on the red planet. we will tell you why. >>> we may have a little bit of water on that seven-day forecast. we'll be tracking our next chance of showers. right now it's all about the warmup inland temperatures on friday in the mid-90s, that's going to produce some poor air quality for this weekend. i'll let you know when we could hit 100 degrees coming up in a few. >>> new at 11:00 tonight from comedian to leader of the free world? a woman known for making people laugh is hoping you'll send her to the white house. roseanne barr is running for president, and pot is part of her platform. i
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Oct 3, 2012 12:35am PDT
, tomorrow is the first of three debates between myself and president obama. and i'm looking forward to having a serious conversation with my opponent about the issues. and asou may have heard, i've also prepared a few zingers for the occasion. [ laughter ] would you like a taste? [ cheers and applause ] for example, when we greet each other onstage before the debate, i'll put my finger on obama's tie and i'll say, "hey, there's something on your tie." [ laughter ] then, when he looks down, i'll slide my finger from his sternum right up to his nostrils, and i'll say, "boop." [ laughter ] ha ha-ha. ha ha ha ha-ha. ha ha. trust me, it's gonna be great. [ laughter ] i've also been working on some "that's what she said" zingers. [ light laughter ] for instance, when obama is talking during the debate, i'll just interrupt him and say, "that's what she said?" [ laughter ] ha ha ha. gets 'em every time. ha ha. [ laughter ] now, last week, my campaign leaked a memo telling everyone to lower their expectations for my performance in these debates because, as we all know, barack obama is an extrem
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Oct 3, 2012 11:00pm PDT
president obama and mitt romney didn't showcase high drama or any water cooler zingers. instead it was substantive and gave americans a better look at the candidates and their differing paths. a major key issue including taxes, medicare and the biggie, jobs. with live team coverage of the debate and how it's being received we begin with steve handelsman in denver. >> reporter: jessica, thanks. here in denver tonight, mitt romney knew he had to bring his a-game. most of those who watched figured that's what he did. the pressure was on mitt romney who needed a turnaround tonight. president obama came into the debate ahead in every battleground state. with an estimated 60 million americans watching on tv, cable and the web, moderator tjim hehrer asked, can you put more people to work. >> he would cut regulations and taxes on small businesses. >> my priority is jobs. so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal that he has been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: which the president claimed would help the rich at others 'ex
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Oct 1, 2012 6:00pm PDT
deadly attack by the taliban. and president obama gets an endorsement he doesn't want. the latest news around the world tonight coming up. this is a lot of food for 4 bucks. yeah... think they made a mistake? i don't know - maybe. the fried cheese melt is back for just 4 bucks. 1 of 4 big 4-dollar meals on the 2-4-6-8 value menu. only at denny's. open all night. >>> governor brown just under the deadline when he signed a bill allowing young undocumented residents to qualify for california driver's licenses. they have to be accepted by a federal work permit program. that could impact an estimated 400,000 people under the age of 30. it will take effect january 1st. those familiar with the program don't expect a rush to the department of motor vehicles though. >> i think it's going to take a few months for individuals. once they receive their deferred action, they'll go forward to dmv offices and applying for their driver's license. >> the bill's author says the new law will make the highways safer for all of californians. >>> other states are taking notice of california's new law against
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Oct 6, 2012 5:00am PDT
. >>> good morning. fight to the finish. election day exactly one month away. president obama handling with a positive jobs report, hoping it will help him keep his job. governor mitt romney says it's too little too late. a legendary business executive claims the books were cooked. >>> skating scandal. a u.s. olympic speed skater admits to tampering with a rival's skate before a big competition and he says he did it against his will. he'll explain why in an exclusive interview. >>> and are they back together? new signs of chris brown and rihanna dating again, despite their violent history, and it has some people wondering what she's thinking. today's saturday, october 6th, 2012. >> from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and jenna wolf, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. >> it's good to have you back from afghanistan. safe and sound. >> good to be back. >> and you're back into the thick of politics here in this country as well. >> it feels like this presidential race has been going on for so l
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Oct 4, 2012 4:00am PDT
today we begin with an economic showdown. president obama and mitt romney squared off for the first of three presidential debates last night. in what some are calling a polite war of words, the candidates sparred over job creation, taxes and the future of health care. nbc's tracie potts is in denver for us. she has a preview. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. the pressure was on for romney to perform, to back up his ideas with details, taking on the man that even republicans called one of the most skilled debaters in modern politics. the point of this debate was to make differences clear on lowering the debt. >> you said you'd cut the deficit in half. it's four years later, we still have trillion-dollar deficit. >> the way we do is for additional cut, we ask for a dollar of additional revenue, paid for, as i indicated earlier, by asking those of us who have done very well in this country to contribute a little bit more to reduce the deficit. >> reporter: the president insisted romney would spend $5 trillion on tax breaks favoring the wealthy. >> math, common
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Oct 6, 2012 4:00pm PDT
, president obama is trying to blunt mitt romney's momentum embracing friday's encouraging economic news. >> we learned that the unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since i took office. more americans are entering the workforce. more americans are getting jobs. >> but romney hasn't ceded any ground, attacking failed policies that have stifled growth. >> the participation of our adults in the workforce were the same as at the time he got elected our unemployment rate would be 11%. >> reporter: both are touting the fund-raising tallies. $181 million for obama in september, the most for either side this year. with romney collecting more than 12 million following the debate. >> both sides will have a tremendous amount of money down the final stretch of this campaign, particularly that obama $181 million. that's going to allow them potentially to compete almost one to one with all of that republican outside money. >> reporter: still, romney is facing lingering questions about some of his recent assertions. >> number one, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan. >> reporter:
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Oct 1, 2012 5:00am PDT
the obama administration. the order gives some temporary relief to couples facing deportation like brian willingham and alfonso garcia from orinda. garcia has been embroiled in deportation proceedings after a traffic stop last year. house minority leader nancy pelosi praised the move by the obama administration but is urging congress to do away with the defense of marriage act which bars the government with giving federal benefits to married same-sex couples. >>> young undocumented immigrants will soon be eligible to get a driver' license in california. a new law signed by governor jerry brown allows immigrants to apply f a license if they qualify for the new federal work permit program. they must be 30 years or younger and must have come to the united states before they were 16. the new law takes effect january 1st. >>> another new law will now require parents who choose not to have their children immunized sign a form indicating they understand the risks and benefits of vaccines. the goal is to ensure parents are educated on the purpose of vaccines so they can make fully informed
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Sep 27, 2012 5:30pm PDT
: president obama told the u.n. this week he believes there is a way to avoid military action. >> america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe there is time and space to do so. >> the big question is, at what point can we no longer stop iran from getting the bomb? and that is why, with a red pen, he drew the line, he was showing the world the point at which we may no longer be able to stop iran from getting the weaponry. >> reporter: as netanyahu took the stage today, the president was miles away, at a campaign rally in virginia beach, the white house said too busy to meet with israel's prime minister. their relationship has been tense, even frosty, an issue that mitt romney has tried to exploit. >> they have thrown israel under the bus. >> i have executed on my foreign policy, one that people largely agree with. so if governor mitt romney is suggesting we should start another war, he should say so. >>> tonight, hillary clinton is meeting with netanyahu, representing the president. it is still unclear how much of today's talk is aimed to do something t
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Oct 2, 2012 5:30pm PDT
. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. when president obama and mitt romney step on the stage behind me tomorrow night, it's going to be the first time they've seen each other face to face in nearly five years. to give you a sense of just how crucial his performance is, romney aides brought podiums into his hotel conference room late today to help him simulate the real thing. fueling up for an afternoon study session today. >> governor, are you ready for tomorrow? >> i'm getting there. >> reporter: mitt romney, who has been for weeks practicing zingers to sharply critique the president, may have gotten help from an unlikely ally. vice president joe biden campaigning today in north carolina. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class has been buried the last four years. how in lord's name can they justify raising their taxes? >> reporter: the romney campaign quickly seized on that comment. arguing the president's policies have hurt the middle class. taking a breather from his preparations outside las vegas today, the president visited the hoover dam. >> it's spectacular an
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Oct 3, 2012 4:30am PDT
what they came for. what happened in that meeting. >>> and mitt romney and president obama meet face-to-face for the first time in five years. what's at stake for the candidates heading into the first presidential debate. >>> right now, let's give you a live look outside, spanning over the city of san francisco. the beautiful city by the bay. christina will be along to tell you about the traffic. this is wednesday october 3rd "today in the bay." >>> it is 4:31. i'm jon kelley. >> lots to get to, but first let's check the forecast with christina loren. >> it is the talk of the town, the very hot weather, the hot start to october. and today we are going to take the triple digits down to the 90s in the warmer cities across the bay but it's still going to be abnormally hot. the big news is san francisco yesterday, 93 degrees. we're going to talk about how hot your city was and when we're getting some cooler weather. we'll get to that forecast. first, hey, mike. >> we're tracking the bridge. i just saw flashing lights. crews starting to move those construction zones on the north side. we
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Oct 3, 2012 11:00am PDT
with you. >>> still ahead at 11:00, mitt romney and president obama meet face-to-face for the first time in five years. what's at stake for the candidates heading into the first presidential debate of the campaign. >>> i'm bob redell. we are live in san francisco. just hours away from the first day of competition of america's cup world series. we will catch up with one of the competitors here at pier 32. >>> the leader at hp says it will take a lot longer to turn it around. we will have a look at this in business. >>> to decision 2012 now. about seven hours from now, mitt romney gets his chance to tell president obama what he has been saying in tv ads and speeches. the economy is getting worse. the president confronts romney if he has written off 47% of america to get richer. the debate happens tonight in denver. tracie potts has the preview. >> reporter: president obama on the right and mitt romney on the left. questions about taxes and health care. the bar is high for the president and predicts romney's aggressiveness is not a fun balance. >> he has the facts. he drills you. he is
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Oct 5, 2012 11:00am PDT
good news for job seekers but also for president obama trying to maintain his lead in the polls and recover from a weak debate against mitt romney. danielle lee has what the numbers mean. >> reporter: the unemployment rate delivered president obama a preelection gift. the number of people without jobs fell to 7.8%, marking the first time it's been below 8% during obama's presidency. >> there's still that willingness for all of us to see that more people are put back to work, but in this particular report, i'm happy to see we see a continued growth. >> reporter: employers added 114,000 jobs in september and 86,000 jobs that hadn't been accounted for in july and august. the numbers shocked analysts who predicted the rate would stay around 8% and possibly grow. >> this is a big report. >> reporter: presint obama called the september report proof the economy is improving under his policies. >> we made too much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. i can't allow that to happen. >> reporter: mitt romney continued his argument in tv ads launching tod
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Sep 28, 2012 4:00am PDT
street journal marist poll shows president obama leading mitt romney in new hampshire. the two, however, are neck in >> reporter: earlier this week we were reporting new numbers for ohio and florida where president obama had a lead. new polls tell us in some battleground states it's much closer. mitt romney's message to donors last night. romney is only two points behind president obama there, but seven points behind in new hampshire. >> now your job is in danger. >> reporter: both sides came out swinging with new campaign ads on thursday. >> if i could sit down around with you at your kitchen table, here is what i would say. >> reporter: something new called economic patriotism. >> an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> romney saying the nation's debt is more than just paper. >> that is held by somebody. someone holds that. >> reporter: even supporters are split on how romney can win this race. >> he has to get a little more fire in the belly. >> he needs to stick be the facts. it's all about the economy.
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Oct 4, 2012 5:30pm PDT
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the showdown. president obama, mitt romney and the debate in denver everyone is talking about. >>> breaking news about american airlines. why dozens of planes in the air tonight are being grounded when they land. >>> out of gas. why some gas stations are shutting down in a place where prices are already over $5 a gallon. >>> is it a hien danger of chemical of plastics and cans are of high importance to mothers and their newborns. >>> and bird's eye view. what we look like to them. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. they now estimate over 67 million of us watched the debate in denver last night and what people saw was a highly energized, motivated and combative mitt romney sharing the stage with a subdued and lackluster president obama. what they saw was mitt romney on his way over the course of 90 minutes to scoring a clear and consensus victory in what will be the first of three meetings. between these two men. for romney, today felt like a new
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Oct 2, 2012 11:00pm PDT
arena for its place in history. president obama and gop candidate mitt romney step on stage tomorrow night. it will be their first face-to-face meeting in nearly five years. both candidates have taken the debate seriously. romney aides brought two podiums into his hotel conference room for a mock debate. not only is he spending long hours in practice sessions. but he's memorizing a series of zingers to criticize the president. president obama has five mock debates under his belt. he's been practicing under senator john kerry. the president's goals are to keep his answers tight and be aggressive without overdoing it. a new poll in "the wall street journal" shows nearly 40% of registered voters say the upcoming debate are extremely or quite important to help them determine their vote. you can watch the debate tomorrow night at 6:00. >>> triple digits for the first week of fall. if you were outside or inside, you felt the heat. and the heat is still on tonight. san jose is in the 70s. san jose tied a record from 1986 with a high of 96. let's bring in jeff raineri. not only hot. but some
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Oct 4, 2012 6:00pm PDT
remark by mitt romney that he would cut funding to public broadcasting and big bird. president obama largely criticized for a lack luster performance last night jumped on the "sesame street" reference saying thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. he joked that the real mitt romney didn't show up for the faceoff. >> the real mitt romney said we don't need any more teachers in our classrooms. [ booing ] >> but don't -- don't boo, vote. the fellow on stage last night, he loves teachers. >> and trickle-down government that the president proposes is one where he will raise taxes on small business, which will kill jobs. i instead want to keep taxes down on small business so we can create jobs. >> gop rival romney said his campaign has been rejuvenated following his strong performance last night. >> we're not even 24 hours removed from the debate, and the country's still buzzing about some of the things that happened in the debate. >> the first chance to see the candidates square off drew nearly 70 million viewers. many of whom might be asking themselves how much of w
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Oct 5, 2012 4:30am PDT
obama. >> reporter: today's jobs report is the second to the last before election day. it is a critical snapshot of an economy that's been stuck in low gear. >> whatever the numbers are, the romney campaign is going to cite them as evidence that president obama's policies are failing. >> the president is trying to convince people he is doing real well. he is not. >> reporter: building on the momentum of wednesday night's debate romney is trying to reverse his fortunes in battle grounds like ohio where he's fallen behind. >> under president obama we've lost over half a million manufacturing jobs and china has passed us in manufacturing. >> reporter: the president argues republicans are offering nothing new. >> it's not a plan for our economy, it's not a plan to strengthen the middle class, it is not change, it is a relapse, and we're not going to do it. >> reporter: the latest jobs report, cold hard facts. certain to be the subject of heated debate. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> 4:52. an emotional reunion caught on tape. a young girl reunited with her stolen puppy. >>> and a liv
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Oct 1, 2012 11:00am PDT
prep for president obama and mitt romney who are getting ready for the first faceoff on wednesday. trac tracie potts has a look. >> reporter: the president is preparing to face mitt romney in denver on wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but, what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are downplaying expectations. romney will be prepared and disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> president obama will be f formidable. i would not under estimate. >> reporter: john kerry playing romney in the weekend rehearsal. looking to press the president on libya and syria. romney calls the foreign policy dangerous. romney's debate plan is clearly and concisely explains how he can fix the economy. >> i expect to be able to describe that in a way people will understand and if they do, i'll get elected. >> reporter: his running mate, paul ryan is preparing for his debate a week away. >> i really believe in the policies we're providing and
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Oct 2, 2012 7:00am PDT
first presidential debate. both president obama and governor romney will spend the day preparing. what message do they need to send to undecided voters tuning in tomorrow night. bill o'reilly is here to talk about his new bookoming up. >> we'll look forward to that a. question, what caused this nasty gash on a killer whale in san diego. was it an accident or was it an attack by other whales? a live report on that. >> and post seth mcfarland? his friends and al roker praise the pick. some wonder why they selected the guy from family guy. we'll talk about it with today's professionals. >> do we sense what you feel? >> i'm still absorbing it. i'll let you know. >> not prepared to talk about it. before we get to that we want to check with the top stories from natalie morales. good morning. >> good morning everyone. we begin with that story about trouble in the skies for american airlines. as at least two separate 757 jets had to be diverted after several rows of seats came loose mid flight and six more planes are being inspected for the same problem. tom costello is on the ramp at miami in
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Oct 6, 2012 12:35am PDT
months of intense debate practice with senator john kerry, president obama promises to be more aggressive and a lot tougher on mitt romney in the next debate. which explains obama's new debate coach, nicki minaj. [ laughter ] i'm afraid. i'm afraid of nicki minaj, yeah. some more political news. in a new interview, mitt romney said that he is against marijuana being used for recreational purposes. [ boos ] when stoners heard that, they were like, "well, what about just for fun? [ laughter ] can we use it for fun?" [ cheers and applause ] check this out. in a new interview, first lady michelle obama said that she would choose will smith or denzel washington to play her husband in a movie. or as democrats put that, "any way they can play him in a debate?" [ laughter ] thank you, yeah. thank you very much. i just heard about this. the olive garden is getting rid of its famous catchphrase, "when you're here, you're family." yeah. they're gonna start using a more appropriate catchphrase. "when you're here, the wait was too long at the cheesecake factory." [ laughter ] that's what th
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Oct 5, 2012 5:00pm PDT
economic news. for the first time since president obama took office, the nation's unemployment rate is now less than 8%. the unexpected news seemed to buoy the president on the campaign trail, who took advantage of the announcement that the american economy created 114,000 jobs last month. >> more americans entered the workforce. more people are getting jobs. >> this country has come too far to turn back now. >> conservatives, though, took to social media to accuse the obama administration of doctoring those numbers. republican nominee mitt romney did not go that far, but did say the reason for drop in the unemployment rate is because americans have just stopped looking for work. >>> the mom accused of abandoning her 10-year-old daughter inside of a local safeway store after a botched shoplifting attempt was in court today. and nbc bay area has learned investigators believe this mom did the same thing just go weeks earlier and got away with it. the prosecutor says marci ariko pulled the same stunt at the same morgan hill safeway store. the difference is the first time she allegedly wen
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Oct 4, 2012 7:00am PDT
, aggressively pushing president obama on the economy, job creation, and health care. we're going to talk to top advisers about how their candidates faired just ahead. we're also going to talk with chris matthews who had very strong feelings about the debate. but we want to begin with chuck todd, chief white house correspondent in denver this morning. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, savannah. look, this may have been the most substantive debate in the television era. and mitt romney dealt with it as if his campaign depended on it while a subdued president obama let romney dictate the terms of the debate. not exactly the gift the president was looking for on his 20th wedding anniversary. >> and so i just want to wish, sweetie, you happy anniversary and let you know that a year from now we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people. >> reporter: from the very beginning, mitt romney displayed a confident and commanding presence on stage, almost one-upping the president from the start. >> congratulations to you, mr. president, on your anniversary. i'm s
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Oct 3, 2012 5:00am PDT
debate taking place later on today. both president obama and mitt romney spending the day getting some last-minute preparations in before the the two step up to f the nation. security did a sweep just a few hours ago. romney is already in colorado. president obama is set to be there today it this is the first time the two have met face-to-face in five years. the latest nbc news poll showing romney has momentum. he is just three points behind president obama. still political experts say tonight's crucial for the republican candidate. >> the president has an opportunity to put this race away if he has some great night and mitt romney has a really bad night. mitt romney has to have a good night to get this trajectory of this race to change. >> likely a lot of things going back and forth in this one. tonight's debate's main focus will be on domestic policy. >>> and of course make sure to check out the debate action. right here on nbc bay area. you can tune in an hour early for local news right here, followed by "nightly news" starting at 5:30. >>> antioch police are searching for someone w
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
campaign. this morning, president obama and republican rival mitt romney are putting the finishing touches on their key talking points. our new nbc poll shows romney has momentum ahead of tonight's debate. he is just three points behind the president with likely voters nationwide. coming up, a live report from denver with a look at the specific advice that both candidates are getting from their campaign coaches. you can watch the debate right here at 6:00. that's right after "nightly news." and we'll have a wrap-up at 11:00. >>> it is 6:10 right now. brace yourself. the new plan that could penalize you if you don't keep your private stuff private. >>> plus, turning linai into a little laboratory. we'll tell you what a bay area billionaire plans to do with the hawaiian island he now owns. >>> plus, the job status. a look at how america is doing in the economy ahead of those debates coming up. >>> we'll take you live back here to san francisco to show you what goes on overnight while you're sleeping to make sure these a.c. 45s are ready for racing for this week's america's cup world
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Oct 2, 2012 5:00am PDT
look at decision 2012. president barack obama, republican presidential candidate mitt romney taking the day off from the campaign trail to prepare for tomorrow's big showdown. it's the first of three debates that will take place in denver. both president obama and mitt romney running through full rehearsals to hone in on those talking points. as of this morning president obama has a lead in all nine of the key battleground states. both say tomorrow night will be important in reaching those undecided voters. >> it will be a conversation with the american people that will span almost an entire month. we'll get to describe our respective views. >> it's a choice between two different paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation. >> and you can watch the debate in its entirety here on nbc bay area. the topic is domestic policy. coverage starts at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow night, wednesday night. >> definitely looking forward to that. >> i am too. >>> 5:45 right now. it is back and they are back. the world's best sailors back on the bay for rou
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Sep 30, 2012 8:00am PDT
different path. >>> president obama meantime tries to seize the moment as early voting begins around the country, offering a closing argument. >> when i took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in a rut. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> this morning, the state of the race. a debate preview, and a look at the issues that will sway undecided voters. with us, republican governor of new jersey, the keynoter at the gop convention, chris christie. and for the obama campaign, the architect of his 2008 run, now white house senior adviser david plouffe. finally, insights and analysis from our political roundtable. joining us, conservative activist and founder of the faith and freedom coalition ralph reed. former democratic governor of pennsylvania ed rendell. anchor of bbc's "world news america" katty kay. and our chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> good sunday morning. with both sides in full preparation mode for wednesday's first presidential debate, the struggling romney campaign is reca
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Oct 4, 2012 5:00am PDT
fail and medicare. >> cutting $716 billion from medicare to balance the additional cost of obama care is in my opinion a mistake. >> if you repeal obama care, an i have become fond of this term, obama care, if you repeal it, what happens is, is those seniors right away are paying $600 more in prescription care. >> reporter: the fiercest exchange over health care and jobs. >> i just don't know how the president could have come into office facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment, an economic crisis at the kitchen table and spent his energy and passion for two years fighting for obama care instead of fighting for jobs for the american people. >> we did work on this, alongside working on jobs, because this is part of making sure that middle class families are secure in this country. >> reporter: president obama on defense, romney challenging his record as both now wait to see if this exchange had any impact on voters. but we already know it had some impact online. on twitter this was the most tweeted event in u.s. political history. we are live from denver this morn
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Sep 28, 2012 5:30pm PDT
more informed choice. >> reporter: while both candidates are practicing in private, president obama held a closed-door session this afternoon. and publicly their campaigns are showering the opponents with praise. a message from one expert outlines romney's skills as a prepared, aggressive, debater. the romney campaign is touting president obama's natural gifts and the extensive seasoning under the bright lights of the bright stage. today, in a mock debate, senator john kerry dismissed the idea that the republican nominee is an inexperienced debater, pointing to more than 20 debates. >> oh please, just give me 20 breaks, not just one. >> reporter: but analysts saying given the state of the race, the burden may be on the challenger. >> he has to do something to get people to take a deep breath, and say wait a minute, well, i thought i made a decision about supporting the president but maybe i better look a second time at mitt romney, that is what he needs to do. >> reporter: and one other thing on today's flight this evening, mitt romney said that people tend to during the debates, fo
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Sep 29, 2012 5:00pm PDT
on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> thanks. >> bumps in the road also describes what the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. costly distractions, and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget. nothing except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you, i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> reporter: when vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida the president was calling on congress to help homeowners. even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction but we're not there yet. >> reporter: a point up for debate as the presidential candidates get ready for their first showdown on wednesday. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> the first day of the trial of pope benedict's former butler has come to a close. th
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Sep 29, 2012 11:00pm PDT
. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and the chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> how are you doing? >> god bless you, sir. >> thanks. >> reporter: bumps in the road also describe what's the romney campaign has been unable to avoid if recent weeks, costly distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the  message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget -- nothing! except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture of dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> reporter: while vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida, the president was calling on congress to help homeowners, even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction, but we're not there. >> reporter: a point up for debate as the presidential candidates get ready for their first showdown on wednesday. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> and coming up next at 11:00, friends and family c
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Oct 2, 2012 11:00am PDT
obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney are taking the day off to prepare for tomorrow's big showdown. the first of three debates will take place in denver. both the president and romney are running through full rehearsals to fine tune their talking points. as of this morning, president obama has the lead in all nine of the key battle ground states. both campaigns say to him night is important to reach undecided voters. >> it will be a conversation. we will get to describe our views. >> the choice of two paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation. >> you can watch the debate in its entirety on nbc bay area. the topic is domestic policy. coverage starts wednesday night at 6:00. >>> in a move to save money, milpitas may put the police department on the chopping block. considering outsourcing law enforcement to the santa clara county sheriff's office. it is on the agenda at the meeting tonight which is open to the public. this is all happening at 7:00 p.m. at city hall. >>> another bay area city says it wants t
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Oct 2, 2012 5:00pm PDT
the debates could sway their vote. today both president obama and governor romney stayed out of the spotlight. instead, preparing for their debate. but their running mates hit the trail in swing states. vice president biden said team romney would hike middle class taxes, while congressman ryan swung back. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class has been buried the last four years. >> the obama economic agenda failed not because it was stopped. it failed because it was passed. >> the university of denver will host the debate tomorrow. you can watch it here live on nbc bay area. the topic for this first debate is domestic policy around the moderator is jim lehr. >>> a massive recall for a list of popular peanut butter brands is expanding tonight. new mexico-based sunland is now adding more store brand names to its recall list. the company provides peanut butter and other nut products to major chains. some of the brand names include target's archer farms, safe waive open nature and fresh and easy. also on the list are nature valley, earthbalance and serious food. the
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Oct 5, 2012 7:00am PDT
, 2009. and good news for president obama after his showing at the debate. we will have reaction from washington and wall street. >>> cancelled, american airlines grounds dozens of flights coast to coast, urgent repairs being made as the company discovers a new reason for what causes seats to become loose on a plane. >>> duelling divas, a knife threat on "american idol" audition. why mariah carey is adding new security today on friday, october 5th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, welcome to "today," 7:00 a.m. on the west coast on friday morning, i am savannah guthrie. >> i am david gregory once again in for matt. the president was looking for lift after the debate, he got it with these jobs numbers that have just come out this morning. there are questions about how we got here. >> it is a confusing report. the economy added 114,000 jobs in september which is actually less than the previous month, but the unemployment rate dropped from 8.1 to 7.8%, so coming up, we're going to ta
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Sep 28, 2012 7:00am PDT
clinton met with benjamin netanyahu. president obama was campaigning in virginia thursday. the white house said too busy to meet with the prime minister. earlier, he laid down his red line for stopping iran's nuclear program. >> this is a bomb. this is a fuse. >> netanyahu spoke a day after ahmadinejad called israel uncivilized. netanyahu said they were 70% to getting enough nuclear fuel for a bomb, has to be stopped within months. >> if these are the facts, and they are, where should a red line be drawn? a red line should be drawn right here. >> president obama told the u.n. this week there is more time before iran reaches the point of no return. >> america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe there's still time and space to do so. >> american intelligence does not yet believe iran has made the political decision to actually build a weapon. >> whether or not iran made the decision will become irrelevant once we can no longer stop it. >> president obama's relationship with netanyahu has been difficult, at times frosty. an issue mitt romney tried to exploit. >
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Oct 3, 2012 4:00am PDT
. as president obama and mitt romney prepare for tonight's crucial debate, our brand new poll numbers show where they stand. >>> mid-air scare. another incident of loose seats on an american airlines flight, and now the company says it knows why. >>> and shock value. daredevil magician david blaine goes high voltage in his latest stunt. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a high stakes debate. all eyes turn to denver for tonight's first presidential debate of the 2012 race, and a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows president obama is holding on to his national lead, but not by much. 49% of likely voters favor the president while 46% prefer mitt romney. that's only a 3% edge for obama, which is within the survey's margin of error, but when it comes to a poll of registered voters the president widens his lead over romney to 7 points, 51% to 44. and, finally, four in ten surveyed now say the nation is headed in the right direction. that's the highest amount since june 2009. meanwhile, both candidates took a break f
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Oct 1, 2012 4:30am PDT
obama decide to replace timothy geithner. for that and the rest of your news before the bell, we turn it other to seema mody live at cnbc headquarters. seema, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. quick check on the markets right now. futures are higher as wall street begins the first day of the fourth quarter. the third quarter was positive for the markets. the dow was 4% and the nasdaq was up 6%. today we get numbers on manufacturing and construction spending and fed chairman ben bernanke speaks this afternoon. the dow falling 48 points on friday, the nasdaq losing 20 points. if president obama is re-elected one of his first priorities may be to find a replacement for treasury secretary tim geithner. geithner has hinted more than a year he wants to leave. the "wall street journal" reports chief of staff jack lu and erskine bowles are top candidates. bowles co-chaired the white house deficit commission in 2010. back to you. >> okay, thank you very much. we'll check back a little later on. >>> first day of october going to feel like july. >> it's not going to feel good. it i
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Oct 4, 2012 12:35am PDT
about. tonight was the first presidential debate between barack obama and mitt romney. not only that, it was also the obama's 20th wedding anniversary. [ light laughter ] little weird during the debate when obama promised to balance the budget, lower taxes and be home by 10:00 for cuddle time. [ laughter ] out of context. more election news, while campaigning yesterday in colorado, mitt romney made a stop at the fast food restaurant chipotle. the guy behind the counter was like, "burrito?" and romney was like, "hey there, burrito. my name is mitt romney." [ laughter ] "pleasure to meet you." [ cheers and applause ] honest mistake. actually, though, we do have a photo of this. this really happened. look at that dude. look at that guy on the end. [ laughter ] i can't decide what the caption for this should be. is it, "are we on "undercover boss?" [ laughter ] or is it, "hey, the other, other white meat?" [ laughter ] it could be that. i don't know. hey -- hey, did you guys hear about this? you had to. "american idol"? they had to cancel auditions yesterday after nicki minaj started swe
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Oct 4, 2012 3:00am PDT
obama or romney would embrace it. lawrence in texas, lawrence? >> caller: jim, how are you doing? i have a question for you today regarding rpm. the earning report came out today. i'm trying to find out whether it should be long or short in the stock. >> short that, you have to short that plentiful dividend. i never recommend that idea. you don't want to do that, boss. i was going to recommend this and then i felt that the upside was very, very limited. good numbers. i should have done it. for heaven's say, i really did kick myself with this one. i thought if i recommended it, the stock would go up too much. ron in louisiana. ron? >> caller: jim. i've got to thank you. you're the best. i've been investing for 55 years and didn't make money until the last five. guess why? jim cramer. >> thank you. thank you. >> caller: thank you. jim, my question to you is will tim geithner's message to aig affect the long-term outlook? and if so, up or down? >> i would not worry about tim geithner when it comes to aig. just worry about mr. benmosche executing his plan to be able to bring out the boo
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Oct 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
obama a boost after this week's debate? i'm sure he's going to turn it that way. >> reporter: you know what, laura, looking at these numbers, i think you can call these an october surprise. this is what politicians hope and dream will happen. this is certainly an interesting turn of events here. we got the numbers we expected. let's look at them. expected 115,000, we got 114,000. that's not a barn burner. but the 7.8%, that is a drop from 8.1 to 7.8% unemployment. that is the lowest since the day president obama took office. that gives the president a chance to argue today that he has been slowly but steadily rebuilding on the economy. mitt romney, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to say the president hasn't been doing it enough, hasn't been doing it well enough and he could do it better. but this is a surprising number. the reason we have the sudden drop, we expected it to particular up a point. the reason it went down is because the july and august numbers have been revised upward pretty dramatically. we're talking about more than 80,000 jobs combined. it's not a great jobs numbe
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